A Day at Howard Flea Market

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now.

Back in November, Barbara and I went to the Howard’s Flea Market to look for something that would go with the pool table we recently purchased from a Craigslist ad. I just recently purchased a refurbished lens from Canon (EF 100-400 4.5-5.6 L) and was excited to try it out.

Now every lens choice has advantages as well as disadvantages. This lens does have the reach and the ability to isolate the subject. The downside is the room you need for the lens to focus properly.

Being in a rural part of Florida, you never know what you’re going to see at the flea market. So here are some of what I captured.

Here is my wife Barbara posing with some art work.You want a shovel, yep, they have them.

Toys, yep, there here.

Taxidermy deer head? No problem.

The vegetables look good.


An old sewing machine.I knew this was going to make a great photo.

I liked how the proprietor staged their wares.

Antique toys

I’m not sure if the tortoise was for sale. Every time we visit Howard’s, he’s here.

These are small chickens. That’s Barbara’s hand petting one.

This chicken made a great portrait.

There are people out there that love their wiener dogs. 

A great door mat. When you see one at someones door, you pretty much know that no one will answer.

All kinds of ducks.

Yep, that’s a volcano in the background. It’s huge considering it’s made of plastic. 

Barbara loves this picture of the clocks.

Playing with the Boys!

Hello everyone!

Todays post come from my desire to capture nature in motion. So to set up todays shoot, Barbara and I allowed our horses to run a round in the back pasture. So here is a few images with slight processing.

This is Jubilee having fun. It’s hard to believe he just turned 20 years old last month. Barbara has been caring for him since he was a little over 3 years old.

*During processing, I dialed down the color a bit to give the image a bit more punch. I may import the file into Photoshop and see what else I can create.

This is Shanon. He arrived in our care last April. He’s 11 years old and was born on St. Patricks day, thus the name Shannon. He had a few issues that were corrected in short order.

Jubilee and Shannon have a special bond. They are lost without each other but then argue from time to time.

Working with Hard Light

There are always limitations when shooting outdoors. (Unlike a the studio, where you can control pretty much everything). There are always things that have to be taken into account. For instance, today the sun was straight up. I knew I would be working with hard light and strong shadows. The lens I chose was my Canon EF 100-400 4.5-5.6 L. This particular lens allows me to have some distance from todays subject: my dogs. Having some distance between us allows me to capture my girls going about their day with out my intrusion.
Here are a few images I captured:

This is Ruby. She’s an 11 year old Standard Poodle. We have allowed her coat to grow for the winter. Once spring has come, she’ll get a hair cut.

This is Zoey. She’s our newest edition. She is a 1 year old German Shepard. She is being kept on a leash due to an injury to her right front leg. She loves to run but she’s not in shape enough, thus the injury.

This is Bella. She is our 3 year old Husky mix. Probably mixed with German Shepard but maybe wolf. We aren’t sure.
Bella is very photogenic. She takes a great picture in most any light. This is her on the hunt for something.
The girls get along excellently. Only Zoey is on a leash. The others seem to be providing moral support. That’s Barbara, my wife, assisting Zoey with her recovery.

Bella love to watch. She’s watching the others and waiting.


Our New Addition to Our Family: Zoey

Meet Zoey! She is our latest edition to our family. She is a 1 year old German Shepard. Still a puppy.

She is very black in color. As soon as summer hits, it won’t surprise me if her beautiful black coat gets bleached out.

She is a very happy girl.

And she is getting along fine with her new sisters: Ruby (the poodle) and Bella (the Husky- Shepard mix).

Hard to believe that the dogs are about 3 feet apart. A couple of seconds earlier, all three were actively chewing.